2002 Pontiac Grand prix wont start; unable to remove key
I put the key into the ignition and nothing happened. No lights, no clicking...dead. I stepped out of the car pressed my clicker and had a response of the headlights and interior lights turning on. I got back in the car and turned the key. The car started. I drove straight home. When I pulled into my drive way, I turned the car off and was able to remove the key. I put the key back into the ignition switch and attemted to start the car while in my driveway. As soon as I turned the key, everything went dead again. The battery connections are good and I'm measuring 12 volts DC across the battery terminals. The car will not start and I cannot remove the ignition key.....HELP!
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The first thing I would do is clean your battery connections very good. you may have to remove the plastic covers off the cable ends to get them cleaned good. Also make sure you get the connection bolts tight.
Ahh, yes. As a Grand Prix owner myself, I had the same issue. The device that allows you to release your key is called a Shift Lock Solenoid. This engages/disengages when you press the release button on your shifter. img. ----> http://media.photobucket.com/image/shift%20lock%20solenoid%20grand%20prix/2003bonneville/DSC09480.jpg The most common thing for people to do is to slam your shifter into park. Please don't do that. It won't help, and in most cases cause more problems. To get you by for the time being, you can do one of two things. Carry a small pointy object to manually release it by removing the small round cover under your steering column. Take your object of choice and push it up into that hole and then turn your key back to get it out of the ignition. Or, get it fixed. Another trick when you are unable to get the key out is this, 1. Turn your radio off, and fans etc, so there is no noise. 2. Squeeze your shift release on the console a couple of times; you should hear a click in your column. If nothing happens, turn your key just a touch more towards the on position and continually squeeze the release till you hear the click in your column, then you are able to turn your key back to the lock position and pull out the key. Hope this helps.
first remove the battery and take it to a auto parts place and have them check it. move on from there. if the battery is good the do a starter draw test. take a meter and hook it to your battery. now have someone try and start the car. if the voltage on the battery drops from 12.8 to below 9 volts then the starter is bad. if the voltage doesnt drop much at all then its prolly the solenoid both of which require starter replacement since most solenoids are on starters. if still nothing then check ignition switch. but before anything else ensure vehicle is in park. if it is in part use a meter to test neutral safety switch.